What I share in this post isn’t only valid for the T7i (800D), it’s also just as valid for the T3i, T4i, T5i, T6i and I’m sure the yet to be released T8i. The flip-out screens all work pretty much the same way with these cameras. As a matter of fact, if your camera, no matter the brand, comes with a flip-out screen, it most likely works this way. It’s all very simple.
One of the most attractive attributes of having what Canon refers to as an LCD monitor is the flexibility it offers. I’ve used this feature to lower my camera way down to the ground and then point it upward toward the sky. Since I’m not able to get my face down that close to the ground, having the ability to flip the rear screen out to see what I’m photographing helped out a lot. The best part is, when the monitor is flipped out, all of the same options are able to be set on the camera, just as if the screen was in its fixed home position.
When you purchase your brand new Canon Rebel camera, the screen will be fixed in its home position. The rear screen will be hidden and pointing toward the camera body. To use the rear screen, you’ll need to insert your finger or fingernail into the small notch on the screen’s right side and pull it out. You’ll be able to swing the screen out approximately 175°. Once the screen is flipped out partially, you’ll also be able to twist it 180°. When using the camera at strange angles, you’ll likely want to set the screen so it’s facing you. When you’re using the camera when it’s set to more traditional angles, you can flip the screen back into its home position, but so the screen is facing outward, as opposed to the inward position in which you originally found it.
Here are a few tips to follow when using the LCD monitor that comes with your Canon Rebel camera:
1. Be careful when swinging the monitor outward and twisting it. If it becomes stuck, don’t force it or you may break it.
2. Remember that when you’ve got a cable, such as a USB, attached to the side of the camera, you won’t be able to twist the screen around as much as you normally would be able to. This type of situation is common when you’ve got the camera set up with a larger monitor or computer or when you’re transferring your photos to your computer via USB.
3. When you’re storing your camera, turn the monitor so it’s facing in toward the camera body. It will be shielded this way and won’t get scratched up on your side or in your camera bag.
4. If you’re taking photos or videos of yourself, you can flip the screen outward so it’s facing the front of the camera. This way, you’ll be looking at a mirror image of yourself, which will make things so much easier.